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[ Bar, Eatery ]
388 Union Ave
phone: (718) 302-6464
(Place added by: slander)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Though I have frequented Barcade for about 6 months, I realized now was the time to post a review.
Housed in a large garage space, Barcade's description might not mean "warm & cozy", when recommending it to "out of town" beer friends that have not visited it yet. But it has character! Barcade's hugh collection of vintage arcade games create an energetic and colorful light effect with an artsy off-beat flair. A large bar area with plentiful seating, large open spaces to walk, talk, and stand, a pool table, and numerous tables where intimate seating is offered. Barcade is extremely people & doggy friendly, and treat both with warm smiles.
Barcade has a large bar with 24 diverse taps of US craft beers (no imports) + a new beer engine for a special US cask, that is well cared-for. They provide an up-to-date printed beer list with well written descriptions at the bar. The beer prices are set at $5, for either a 10 oz. or 16 oz (pint) size, which depends on the cost of the beer. There are no bottled beers offered at Barcade, but they are not missed. Barcade's draft selection is a careful array of malt flavors & hop bitterness, alcohol strengths, seasonals (many imperial stouts & barleywines offered all year around), and equally representative of both East & West coast craft breweries.
Barcade has, in their short time, hosted some terrific events. Rare beer offerings from breweries such as Heavyweight, Dogfish, Allagash, and even the infamous Ballantine Burton Ales have been dispensed at Barcade. I recently participated in a West Coast strong ale event, in which 30 beers (imperials, barley wines, and old ales) were tasted. With their large open areas, big groups of beer friends can, and have, gathered easily, without being shoehorned into a corner with that occasional out of town obnoxious beer geek, that thinks being a drunken lout is cool and that insults are humorous.
Now here are the most important factors about Barcade's appeal for me. The staff at Barcade are knowledgeable, friendly, and interested. Let me explain. They have the beer knowledge, but are not pushy, showy, or ego-driven. I like their friendly welcomes, and enjoy how they treat all customers with "responsible" respect, and never display indifference to those that might not be as beer-centric. Samples are eagerly offered without any sense of being put upon. Lastly, for those of us beer geeks that enjoy a good beer banter every once in a while (OK OK, all the time!), Barcade's folks are eager to hear about a new beer, an old beer, and the latest beer offerings, from breweries far and near.
Lastly, Barcade seems to me to be the culmination of Paul & Jon, the guys that made the American Beer movie, that documented their awe inspiring 38 breweries in 40 days, coast to coast road trip. The beer passion runs deep in these guys, and also their fellow Barcade staff. May they never grow complacent, apathetic or sober!
05-08-2005 22:14:21 |
More by wbthink
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
One word can describe barcade. AWESOME!!!! Being an old school video gamer and a lover of fine beer this place is a no brainer.
Barcade is a renovated warehouse turned into a bar with around 30 vintage arcade games lining the walls. Chalk boards above the wall list all beers available on draught and cask. The floors and walls are rugged and fit the place well and really make you feel comfortable. They have other chalkboard opposite the bar with high scores listed for each game.
Service was great as I happened to be in NYC for a Captain Lawrence tasting at Barcade. I contacted them via e-mail and was treated top notch, very friendly bunch.
The selection was unbelievable again I went during a Cap. Lawrence tasting. They had two un-released smoke from the oak (rum and bourbon) on cask as well as some vintage CL brews and limited bottles. The other 30 or so taps were consumed by a various selection of local and other great micros from around the country. Prices were very reasonable especially for New York city. Unfortunately a cask of Apple Brandy Liquid Gold was smashed on the way to the tasting so I didn't get too try this.
The games here are only a quarter a play and are all the classics. If I lived near this place I think I'd be drunk nightly as the games without mark up are damn fun and great drinking fare.
I will return here each visit to my sister in New York. The question is will I be going to visit my sister or will that be an excuse to visit Barcade?
Now if a good beer bar like this would open within 50 miles of Dayton.
05-30-2007 20:07:15 |
More by mcallister
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Bottom Line - Barcade is the Mecca of outstanding beer in the NYC Metro area!!
I worked in Brooklyn (Bed-Stuy) for about 3 years before discovering this place. As other reviewers have noted, it's practically cloaked. You can drive up and down Union and never spot it. Once you're there, you'll wonder how you ever missed it.
Before I get too caught up in the praise, let me attempt a concise break-down:
Atmosphere - Outstanding!! Where else can you enjoy exceptional beer AND play Frogger, Ms PacMan, Q*Bert, Track & Field, Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, Tapper, etc, etc. Play solo or compete with friends. Not a gamer? Relax at a table or chill at the bar and review your tasty beverage.
Quality - Everything Barcade does is done well. Plus, you get a great feeling of comfort and you'll never want to leave (at least not while you still have quarters in your pocket).
Service - Excellent! Very friendly staff. They respond to emails and myspace messages. Say "Hi" to Paul (star of American Beer and BC owner). He's a class act all around. Plus, you'll see his name on several of the "high scores"!
Selection - 2nd to none! As of last week they had DFH 120-min, 90-min, 60-min, Chateau Jihau, Fort, Festina Peche. Add to that Avery, Climax, Harpoon, Magic Hat, Sixpoint, Smuttynose, Victory, etc, etc. The selection rotates frequently with top-notch brews!!
Food - The beef jerky hits the spot!! Other than that, the staff will gladly offer you a menu to order a pizza delivery.
Value - $4 / beer during happy hour ($5 otherwise). This is in the hipster section of Williamsburg!! Value = EXCEPTIONAL.
I cannot praise this place enough. They are pet friendly (for friendly pets, of course), but even non-dog-lovers will hardly notice the pets that are there.
I've also grown tremendously as a beer lover during my time there. I was able to meet and personally talk about beers (and brewing) with Sam Calagione, Bill Covaleski, and Michael Jackson, to name a few.
So please don't come to BC expecting a glorified Dave and Busters. The games are great (and only $0.25), but this place is formulated around the beers... and they get it right!!
07-30-2007 16:14:05 |
More by BlitzShadow
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
So I'm on vacation. It's the day before July 4th, and everybody's got tomorrow off. It's late, and Barcade is to be my last beer destination in NYC. I'm cranky and it's busy as hell.
The events that follow can only be described as magical. As I savor My Raison D'etre, I slowly begin to pull my head out of my ass. Fast forward 15 minutes and I'm playing Moon Patrol and enjoying a Prima Pils on draft, while Helloween's "I Want Out" blasts majestically through the impressive sound system. This is it, I realize. The quintessential geek trifecta. This is, and in all probablility will remain one of the greatest moments of my life.
08-05-2007 04:21:52 |
More by jeffjfindley
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
What a great bar. This place is a true gem. Housed in a former garage, I give this place a 5.0 for atmosphere. Most people might find it cold and detached. But let's consider its environment... this place is camoflauged. Surrounded by industrial warehouses and auto repair shops, this place is true to form.
Lining the perimeter of the walls are vintage arcade games, about 20 or so in all. And the greatest thing is they're all only 25 cents to play.
There is a plethora of great brew. Almost all of the taps are domestic, and I think the only import was Guiness. They have some true rarities as well... Fisherman's Ale from Massachusetts for one.
Definitely a nice complement to Spuyten Duyvil, which happens to be only about 8 blocks away.
11-15-2004 17:28:31 |
More by Sixpoint
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Found this place thanks to a co-worker...I was visiting for my work's annual Xmas party and I found the Barcade on BA. They were celebrating their "Winter Madness" Strong Ale offerings.
It took a little bit of effort to locate this place...you have to respect a pub that is not begging for your business. I'm sure word of mouth has this place packed most nights. We arrived on a Friday at 6pm and the place was not crowded at all.
What a place...being born in 1970, I have played many of the games this place has to offer...Galaga, Tempest, Space Invaders, Centipede, etc...
This night they had Victory's Storm King on tap, as well as Dogfish's World Wide Stout...I had them both and they were real fresh.
The bartender was real enthusiastic and left no glass unfilled.
One heck of a place to hang...I'll be there again next year.
02-14-2005 00:34:37 |
More by warriorsoul
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I live in Chicago and Blind Tiger and d.b.a in Manhattan had been my favorite NY spots before this trip, but Barcade may have just topped the list.
The area is sketchy and some in my party were mocking my choice as we approached from the other side of the street and saw nothing but a graffiti covered brick wall in the middle of a block with nothing but more of the same, but once we got inside their tune quickly changed.
Most of my companions are just as happy with Budlight, but they still loved this place for the vibe and the games.
The bartender was great, happy to give samples, and knowledgeable. The video games are a blast and cost their original 25 cents. Besides the better known 80's games they have many "B" games that people from those days will remember, like Moon Patrol, Zaxxon, Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, and the original fight game Punch Out.
They have a big binder full of take out menus you can order delivery from.
Oh yeah the beers. Close to the most impressive draught list I have seen on the East Coast. Many local micros and mostly the quality, strong, and most flavorful beers from each brewery rather than just their Pale Ale, etc.
Just some that I remember were Six Point Black Soul Porter and Diesel Sout and Benali Tiger IPA, Legacy Euphoria Strong Ale, Southampton Tripel, Allagash Tripel, Victory Prima Pils, Fisherman's Brew, Heavywieght Bier De Art Farmhouse Ale, Lagunitas Capacino Stout,
a 7.8% stout on Cask that ran out just as we got there to be replaced by Allagash Dubbel, and many more. What's amazing is that looking at the website, their beer list was even more impessive a week before we got there.
The prices were very reasonable, the serving temps were perfect, and none of the 8 or so beers I tried had any condition problems.
Given that Barcade in blocks from both Mugs and Sputen Duevel anyone in the NYC area who loves beer would be a fool to miss it.
05-29-2006 17:57:06 |
More by Tbone
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A truely unique and fantastic establishment hiding in Brooklyn. The furnishings are not extravagant or even very comfortable, but this place has a great atmosphere, great staff, and a fantastic beer selection.
The atmosphere consists of a bar with about 20 seats on the right side of a large room, a row of vintage arcade games on the left wall, a couple more nestled near the bathrooms on the right, and a small seating area in the back. A lot of bare cement and rough wood make up the bulk of the decor.
The staff is very knowledgable, helpful and friendly, offering sample after sample to help customers with the beer. I also went when the bar was a little busier, but the staff was still very quick and efficient, not leaving you stranded at one end of the bar for too long.
The beer selection was all American Micros. A great assortment of many styles and brewers, many from the East Coast or more local to the Brooklyn area. I don't remember the last time it was so hard for me to select a pint at a bar.
The prices were $5 a serving, not bad by any means for the quality of the beer you get here (the bigger beers were 10 oz. serving. If you go to Brooklyn, go to Barcade.
04-11-2006 01:42:12 |
More by TastyTaste
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I came to Barcade for the winter beer night on thursday. This was my first time there. It wasnt too hard to get to, walked by it once though since there was no sign outside. I only realized it was the place when I saw the ROW of beer taps. Upon entering the establishment I was happily greeted by this nice doggy. He came up to me and licked my hand. Cute little bugger. The video games were a cool addition. Overall the atmosphere was real laid back.
On to the beer. Since this was the winter beer night there were lots of great beers on tap. I had the Dogfish Head Olde School Barley Wine, Pyramid Snow Cap, and the Sixpoint Express. I was impressed with the sixpoint and dogfish but the snowcap was terrible. Maybe its because its from seattle and the trip kinda killed it, or it could just be a really crappy beer. I reviewed it as well, so check my profile for more info. Other than that, the beers were served in the correct glassware, and service was quick. The bartender seemed knowledgeable and nice. I mainly went for the Sixpoint Grand Merlot Cask that was supposed to be on tap that night, however the other cask had not run out yet so I didnt get to have it. It was a little disappointing making the drive all the way out to brooklyn not to get the beer i was lookin for. The Sixpoint Express made up for it though. Damn tasty.
The following was on tap that night:
Chelsea Hoppy Holidays
Anchor Our Special Ale (2003)
Bell's Double Cream Stout
Climax Barley Wine 2006
Doc's Draft Cider
Dogfish Head Au Courant 2004
Dogfish Head Olde School Barley Wine
General Lafayette Chocolate Thunder Porter
Heavyweight Baltus OVS
He Brew Jewbelation 2005
He Brew Jewbelation 2006
Magic Hat #9
Pyramid Snow Cap
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
Sixpoint Express 2005
Sly Fox Oreillys Irish Stout
Southampton French Country Christmas Ale
Troegs Mad Elf
Victory Prima Pils
Weyerbacher Raspberry Imperial Stout
WOW, what a great list.
12-16-2006 17:49:11 |
More by rem5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Went on a Saturday around 5 after we left the Brooklyn brewery. Being both a video game and beer nerd i was in heaven. Our bartender was very chill, knowledgeable and on top of shit. With 24 rotating taps and a $1 off between 5-8 you cant go wrong. Although the selection was mostly east coast stuff, they did have some west coast gems like Bear Republic. Beers were about $5-6 excluding happy hour prices. Really cant beat that. While i was there i had a Smuttynose cask of their barleywine, Rouge Hop Heaven, Capt Lawrence Smoked Porter, and too my surprise and delight Baltic Thunder which they got in the day before. As for video games they about 20 including mario, out run, punch out , cubert ghost and ghouls, zaxxon, spy hunter, contra and my favorite tapper. They also had a pool table in back. Overall, a very cool place to be a kid and enjoy great beer at a reasonable price with good people
01-16-2008 02:23:44 |
More by bonezx86
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